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CNBC
Feb 25, 2010 4:00am EST
. >> in the united states, the spotlight shines today, ben bernanke is back on the hill and president obama's high profile health care summit. >> hello there. a warm welcome to "worldwide exchange." it's chloe cho in asia where it's just past 5:00 p.m. in singapore. a similar scene that we saw as yesterday, of course, investors picking up on bernanke's comments. going forward, could be weak. of course, we had some weak housing numbers, as well, along with disappointing consumer confidence this week. take a look at the damage report. the yen is not helping. nor are the toyota woes. the hang seng, slightly off the shanghai composite. we did have the auction yield on three-month bills along with one-year bills earlier this week that left those yields unchanged. a lot of investors seem to be thinking that perhaps this could be a sign the pboc is taking it easy as far as tightening is concerned. as for the other markets, the kospi down 1.6%. the bombay sensex is pretty much right along the flat line and the aussie market lower by 1.2%, back below that key 4,600 level and take a look at the
CNBC
Feb 24, 2010 9:00am EST
center, benjamin s. bernanke. >> yes. >> will be testifying in front of the house financial services committee about the economy and anything else they want to talk about. that'll be live in an hour. >> how about the exit strategy? imagine there will be some questions about that. the sec meets on possibly curbing short sales. huge issue for the market. full details coming up. >> and president obama meeting with key business leaders. it's all happening during this show. we've got a lot of breaking news, big headlines for you. we will be all over it, mark. how are your futures? >> not too good. >> no. >> up 0.70. we get a little break here because we closed a point above fair value. but, you know, looking at maybe 15, 20 points on the dow at the open. let's hit the markets. peel back the layers of the onion starting with brian shactman at the big board. >> thank you. listen, asia and europe were pretty mixed. germany, their economy in an absolute standstill. doint need to go over bernanke and all things going on in d.c. will tobacco the dog and pony show or real insight into an exit st
CNBC
Feb 25, 2010 11:00am EST
, and also because fed chief ben bernanke is saying that they're going to look into the swaps specifically with goldman. so that is an issue, of course, as well. i want to bring in brian shactman who has been down here all day and tracking all of this action. a very big day, indeed, brian. let's talk about the economic situation and how the jobless claims are affecting this market. >> the truth is when americans woke up today, we will have a negative open because of europe. the concerns over greece, of course, made the euro softer and the dollar strengthen. we've had a real correlation with the dollar and the euro in eshgsz kitties and jobless claims hit and it was muted and boom, we bottomed out and they were a concern today and we have traders saying this is a 70% greece and the others is saying 100% about jobs. a lot of earnings and there's a big, big deal that we want to talk about today as well. >> coca-cola enterprises. this had been to some extent, somewhat expected within the m&a community. when you see a deal like this a multibillion deal, one would have to think that
CNBC
Feb 8, 2010 7:00pm EST
supply-side tax cut anywhere on the globe. and then helicopter ben bernanke is going to capitol hill this week with a new blueprint for tighter money known as "paying interest on excess bank reserves." i don't buy it but we'll debate it. >>> and finally, the obama jobs plan which i call stimulus 2.0, full of gimmicks and high tax-job destroyers. i'll use my best right hook against the left jabs of mark walsh and david goodfriend two of my favorite liberal pals. fasten your seatbelts, everybody. "the kudlow report" begins right now. >>> good evening. i'm larry kudlow and welcome back where we believe freed market capitalism is the best path to prosperity. let's begin with tonight's money politics message. i'm trying hard to be optimistic about economic recovery in america and for that matter, around the world. in my world, optimism always beats pessimism every time. despite wayward policies from washington i still believe in the cyclical recovery scenario here at home. but the growing debt problem in the u.s., europe and elsewhere is starting to sack confidence in the optimistic growt
CNBC
Feb 24, 2010 12:00pm EST
bernanke's testimony. they're taking a break and we're monitoring it and return to it if need be. let's go to steve liesman. what do you think is happening here? >> the main thing to note is the thing he said again that the fed will remain exceptionally low for an extended period. there were questions about given what happened to the discount rate and given a very confusing financing program that they announced yesterday which is sort of a drain on liquidity. the main thing is bernanke steps forward and says we will remain exceptional, there are a lot of games and dancing going on about regulatory reform and games and dancing going on about some of the fed anger and the populist anger about where you go from here on deficits and that, but i don't think any of that is as substantial, jimmy, as the chairman saying here's the policy. the policy is what it was in january. one other note i would make, i thought his comments on the recovery were tentative and more on the one hand and on the other hand he's talking about this transition from a kind of government-fueled growth and an inventory
CNBC
Feb 24, 2010 1:00pm EST
real party of hearings and speeches and statements at this hour. the president, mr. bernanke, secretary lahood, testifying on the toyota issues on the hill. let's take a breakaway. we're going to watch them all and bring in john harwood, steve liesman and andrew par menty yea, managing partner with height analytics and open the discussion here. steve, you've been listening to mr. bernanke sum it up for us. what are the three or four bullet points. >> he reiterate that the fed will remain exceptionally low. that was a little bit more dovish than maybe some expected. you see the bond market rallied a bit. the dollar kind of hung in there. stocks have done better while bernanke's been talking. interesting comments on the volcker rule where i guess he's in opposition to the president's strong ideas about banning proprietary trading by the banks. he's saying you can do that idea, but it's frouth with danger and a better way might be to give the regulators authority to limit risky activity. he's got a less or thoughdox version of the volcker rule which is what is already in the hou
CNBC
Feb 10, 2010 7:00pm EST
>>> tonight on "the kudlow report," the washington snowstorm shut down congress. but ben bernanke released his new testimony, anyway. investors caught a chill on the news, and distinguished money expert john taylor has his own expert strategy rebuttal to bolster ben's manhood. you don't want to miss this one. >>> they're bearing gifts to the greece bailout problem. will the bailout issue ever end? >>> google is at war with china and now they're being thrown out of iran. they think they can stifle free speech, but i think the old human desire for freedom and democracy will still win out in the end. >>> has obama flipped out on greedy bonuses and business support? well, liberal columnist paul cra craigman is horrified, he thinks we're doomed. fasten your seat belts, everybody, "the kudlow report" starts now. >>> good evening, everyone. i'm larry kudlow. welcome back to "the kudlow report" where we believe free market kamt capitalism is the b path to prosperity. >>> our lead story tonight is fed head ben bernanke's leader to congress. how is he going to stop the zero interest rate mo
CNBC
Feb 24, 2010 4:00am EST
. >> in europe, google faces anti-competition measures. >>> in the united states, ben bernanke gets ready to outline an exit strategy to a skeptical congress. >> a warm welcome to "worldwide exchange." i'm chloe cho in asia. it's just past 5:00 p.m. in singapore. let's check on where the asian markets are wrapping up the trading day. mostly weaker today on the back of weaker consumer confidence numbers. and toyota lows taking the nikkei lower by 1.5%. the hang seng off 0.75%. on the other hand, we have the shanghai composite erasing all of its earlier losses, pushing higher by 1.3%. a lot of speculation in small cap stops and what may be linked to the national people's congress set to kick off next friday. other markets are weaker, the kospi down 1%. the bombay sensex has been trading around the front line. the aussie market asterisk comes off the table, a lot of commodities and resources lower. the s&p/asx 200 down .5%. let's check on the ftse cnbc global 300. slightly off 0.4% at 4,315. good morning, becky. >> good morning. it's about 10:00 on the continent. european markets have been t
CNBC
Feb 24, 2010 12:30pm EST
have to bring you to the bernanke testimony. he is continuing. let's listen in. >> that will kill the insipient howing recovery by tightening today and then hurting the housing market? >> we will still continue to hold 1.25 trillion of mortgage-backed securities plus additional agency debt and we think that will continue to keep mortgage rates down. there's a lot of differences of view about how much mortgage rates might go up after the end of this program. so far we haven't seen much, so i think we need to look and see if there's a big reaction, if it does affect the housing market. there may not be a significant reaction so we will ton watch that. >> we -- we've seen that, for example, also, and i think especially in california, to a degree in new york also and other places. i've talked to, quite frankly, to some friends of mine, but in california where they have no recourse loans. we find that where banks are unwilling to write down the principles, and i know you talked about the program, the whole program and writing it down, but it seems now where banks are not willing to wri
CNBC
Feb 10, 2010 12:00pm EST
very much, sharon. we're not getting as much volatility today as yesterday although ben bernanke's tax did get a little movement. if you look at two-year yield it's slightly elevated and you look at the curve it's know changed. there's a potential for an exit strategy as depicted by that text. if you look at the next chart, indeed the euro versus the dollar has been mostly down, but it is bouncing back a bit especially in the last hour or so, keeping up with the headlines and some of those headlines, hey, the checks didn't have a good day and they sold an additional 150 million u.s. equivalent of their 15 year. they wanted to sell more, but portugal had better luck selling u.s. equipment of the 4 billion of ten-year note and let's hop across the pond and rebecca me ham. >> let's take a check of what's happening in europe and it's all about greece. no surprise there and we check on the fotse, the cac and the dax. 2.4% higher for greek eiquities today. we know we've had the european finance chiefsi having a conference call today. the ecb governing body is having a call tonight and tomorr
CNBC
Feb 10, 2010 4:00am EST
united states, ben bernanke will set out the fed's exit plan today but will likely make jobs clear, we'll still be in the car for some time to come. >> and welcome to "worldwide exchange." i'm christine tan in singapore where it's 5:00 p.m. in the city. let's get a view of where the asian markets have closed today. a lot of hopes pengd on the european union. they might come up with a plan to bail out greece. the nikkei 225 is up marginally. toyota continues to be focused. that stock climbing despite anal announcement that it's recalling another set of cars. the shanghai market up more than 1%. a lot of positive comments out in the country about strong import data and export data and that's helping to lift sentiment in china. the kos pit is moving up flat. people and investors are staying on the sidelines. the bombay sensex is trading down 0.5% and the aussie market is pretty much flat, up 0.2%. the ftse cnbc global 300 up 8 points, 4,243. ross, good to see you. >> hey, christine. we're very much focused on the who, what and when of the potential aid for greece at the moment. if it happens
CNBC
Feb 24, 2010 11:00am EST
from california. >> thank you very much. i would like to thank chairman bernanke for being here today. starting with your discussion on page 4, in addition to closing special facilities the federal reserve is normalizing its lending to commercial banks through the discount window and you go on to talk about your new federal funds rate and discussion about why you have done this and encouraging banks to go to the private market for investment and you say further in this discussion that these adjustments are not expected to lead for higher financial conditions for households and businesses. the last thing i heard before i came here this morning was a prediction by some of the analysts on television that in about one month we can expect that there will be an increase in interest rates on mortgages and home loans and everybody that i've talked to really believes that this change that you have made in the federal funds rate is what's going to trigger that. is that true or did you give any thought to this? how can you guarantee that it won't? >> congresswoman, it's not the federal funds rat
CNBC
Feb 24, 2010 5:00pm EST
night, let's look at the day on wall street. we had the tone set by bernanke this morning, suggesting interest rates would stay low for as long as possible as this recovery remains fragile. the dow jones industrial average closed off the best levels of the afternoon. higher at the close by 91 points. nasdaq was up 22. have a fantastic evening. fast money is up next. >>> live from the nasdaq, this is fast money. the euro's breaking up. it's this kind of flip-flopping that makes for a range-bound market. here's our job for you tonight using karen finerman, we'll give you the best ways we're finding alpha. we'll get to the top story of the day, which is toyota. >> i mean, you know, as i said before, as a value investor, you look at name like toyota and see what the stock has gotten absolutely crushed. it's felt to me like with mr. toyoda there today and our congress, once again shocking me at how ridiculous they can be. it seemed like an absolute crescendo of bad news for them. a trade for me. i don't normally trade like that. >> stepping into the trade. pete, you know, it fe
CNBC
Feb 10, 2010 11:00am EST
into today's trading. market lower amid ben bernanke's comments and we'll talk about the fed's exit strategy and what it means for your money right now. hey there, larry. >> hey, trish. i'm larry kudlow, conflicting reports on whether there's a european plan to bail out greece. we'll have a live report from brussels and we'll discuss what needs to be done right here. good morning, melissa. >> as toyota's problems mount we ask are cars just too overengineered and sophisticated computers doing more harm than good. this is "the call" on cnbc. >>> it looked like it was going to be a positive day on this snowy morning in new york city as traders remained optimistic that there would be a bailout for greece, but then germany said there was no imminent plan and the rallies stalled and after ben bernanke announced the fed's exit strategy. take a look at how the s&p 500 is trading. it is down seven points on the day and it's two-thirds of a percentage point. take a look at the dow, it's down 59, almost 60 points and that's 0.1% and sitting below the 10,000 mark and the trading down 0.6%. tris
CNBC
Feb 25, 2010 9:00am EST
top left box, those are color bars. >> but they will be -- >> who will they be? >> ben bernanke. >> okay. senate banking committee. president holds a key health care meeting. that's why we have the white house. what else? >> snow in the northeast. it started as rain this morning for many this morning who are watching but it has turned into thick -- >> wet, heavy. >> idyllic if you're looking to -- >> don't shovel this stuff. >> well, good morning, everyone. it's good to be with you. we're here, glad you're here. i'm erin burnett. >> i'm mark haines. >> it says i'm market haines. i want everyone to know it's funny. >> yes, i noticed that. also front and center the number of u.s. workers filing initial claims for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week. >> coca-cola striking a deal to buy the north american operations of its largest bottler. you just saw the ceo there. >> heinz posted $231 million profit. a lot of ketchup. >> futures are sad. >> not good. >> part of the reason for the sadness was an unexpected jump in unemployment claims. >> hum. >> much bigger jump than
CNBC
Feb 11, 2010 4:00am EST
outcome of that eu meeting, as well, and nursing losses from the federal reserve chief ben bernanke. we've got all the details. christine, we're waiting for the timing. >> that's right. let's see the properties expect of a package for gooes, is it having any impact on the euro right now? euro/dollar, 1.3763. euro is higher against sterling, 0.8841. euro/dollar 1.3763. dollar/yen, standing at 90 evening. a lot of eyes on what will happen with the package. nicole. >> the snowstorm may gone in the i'd, but it's reeking havoc in the east coast, especially in washington. government offices are closed for a fourth straight day at the estimated cost of $100 million in lost productivity. the senate will be back in session this afternoon, but no votes are scheduled. the weekly u.s. inventory data which normally comes out on wednesday has been postponed again until friday. january retail sales in december business inventories which were supposed to come out today have moved to friday. we still get weekly jobless claims at 8:30 new york time and they're forecast to drop by 12,000 to a total of
CNBC
Feb 10, 2010 6:00am EST
a bailout for the debt-strapped country. >>> on exit strategy, ben bernanke unveiling his plan for the fed's next move. and the house of mouse, disney posting strong quarterly results and investors are responding. a cnbc exclusive with ceo bob ieger, "squawk box" begins right now. >> good morning, everybody. welcome to "squawk box" here on cnbc. i'm becky quick. joe and carl are out today. steve liesman is spending the week on set with me and this morning we are joined by "fortune" magazine editor andy soerwer. >> good to be here. >> meantime, wall street is bracing for a winter storm this morning as the second snowstorm in a week descend eds on new york. washington, philadelphia, they are expected to be hit and hit hard. the federal government in washington is closed for a third straight day at an estimated cost of $100 million in lust productivity. government offices in boston, baltimore and philadelphia all announcing that they will be closed. congress, by the way, is canceling votes and rescheduling hearings. the united nations headquarters in new york city shutting down school
CNBC
Feb 9, 2010 11:00pm EST
who's equivalent of ben bernanke he hurried back. the moment he booked that ticket the hedge funds figured he was going to solve the crisis and that's when they started rallying. y yun -- can you believe it? you just need to find out who his travel agent is and book your trade accordingly. if we knew he's on the case, we're less concerned about a collapse in europe and we recognize that he isn't about to cut off the stimulus that's so crucial to getting europe which has the worst economies in the world going in the right direction. if the stock market stimulus thing is still with us, then we're not going to slink back into a worldwide slowdown. trichet's travel interruption was so powerful it was able to do something i have not seen happen since the year began, maybe even earlier, and that is the stock market did not go down when the baron chief president obama spoke on tv. way to go, trichet. now, i know about zorba the greek than greek bonds. i get the gist of trichet's move -- memo to trichet on his travel plans, make sure they're never on a sunday because the markets aren't ope
CNBC
Feb 25, 2010 6:00am EST
seat, fed chairman ben bernanke has returned to capitol hill this morning. and investors are looking for more clues on the central bank's next move. and the markets at this hour have u.s. equity futures under a bit of pressure after yesterday's rebound as "squawk box" begins right now. >> welcome to "squawk box" right here on cnbc. i'm becky quick along with joe kernen at the cnbc world headquarters. carl is in washington this morning where president obama is hosting a televised health care summit. we'll have more from carl on that story. but joe, that's not the only news in washington today. >> no, it's not. we may pipe in that music with carl down there and he'll be looking good. he'll have his jacket on. >> he always looks good. >> yes, he does. also in washington, carl is there, but also this other guys that's going to show up. that's not really what all the scuttlebutt is going to be about down there. it's about carl. but ben bernanke will come back and testify on the hill today. yesterday he pledged to continue record low interest rates for, in his words, an extended period. >>
CNBC
Feb 12, 2010 8:00pm EST
, bernanke indicated this week we may reach that point. that's a good thing for us long term. >> how did you interpret the three-day weekend? immediate reaction would be what karen had. sell into the long weekend. at the same time, if you see values at some point, you see the buyers coming. sort of what we saw today. >> i think a lot of people were squaring up. in terms of getting back the fundmentals. look at ingersoll-rand, the quarter they reported, on the revenue side, their guidance was lousy. their guidance for the year was miserable. one of those international stocks, global growth, housing, commercial real estate, encompasses a lot of things. but, the quarter was a disaster and they really are, they have their finger on the pulse on a lot of different things. again, ingersoll-rand, in terms of what we're talking about it's a big deal. >> accurate of the change right now. 2009 you had the reflags assets doing well. 2010 it's not going to be about that cyclical recovery, a quality recovery. while the market right now grinds its way to which quality names will lead that recovery, you'll
CNBC
Feb 24, 2010 6:00pm EST
." trying to entertain you. call me. the most dramatic piece of news today did not come from ben bernanke's grilling in front of the house of representatives. bernanke floated like a butterfly. didn't bother to sting at all. it wasn't the skewering of toyota by congress for which the takeaway is quite obvious. keep buys ford and ford preferred. no, none of that. the most sit-up and take notice piece of news today came from dollar tree. which skyrocketed six points, up more than 14% on a day when the dow gained only, well, like 92 points. s&p up a percent. why do we care about a dollar score more than the fed chairman or a huge automaker? first, in full disclosure, my good and plenties of toiletries at my local store did not skew the numbers higher. although it didn't subtract from the company's astounds 32% increase in earnings. no. what this number says and what the stox said in reaction to it along with the store's radically high guidance from 2010, is that the consumer, the consumer is bummed and the consumer is stretched. >> the house of pain. >> i tell you, you don't go to dollar tree
CNBC
Feb 25, 2010 12:00pm EST
which we're watching for you. we'll bring you the latest, ben bernanke, et cetera, okay, bears have had such an edge today. you've got to admit it, right? don't they? greece could be in trouble. germany's so tentative, spain's next, jobless claims are terrible. strong dollar. you can only imagine then with that parade of horribles, how hobbled the consumer is, can't be buying right? no wonder we're down so much. then all of a sudden the facts get in the way of the story. look, i want to be bearish in all this news. i want to join my buddies and pals, friends, yogi, boo-boo, baloo and smoky, but then we get coal saying things are getting better and not just because of the two shirts and buy two get one free purchase of kohl's brand socks, the house brand, i made this four weeks ago, can you tell the difference in that quarter was amazing. it's every bit as good as saks' and macy's. then autoparts makers saying auto sales are coming back strong. it is up moving better than $1. can you imagine how much market share ford must be taken as its format seemed darn good even on a snowy day a
CNBC
Feb 9, 2010 11:00am EST
? >> a lot of speculation about the ecb and real quickly, i just want to mention that the bernanke hearing for tomorrow has been postponed. the expectation is that that is related to weather issues, of course. we've got a big storm coming our way here on the east coast. in the meantime we're looking at a market that's been up triple digits. up 99 and 100 as i speak and this is primarily because there is hope that, in fact, greece's problems may be somewhat tempered by the european union coming in and doing some kind of rescue, some kind of bailout. i want to bring in bob pisani. we've got a lot to talk about, bob. first, bernanke hearing. >> it's just because of the snow, there's nothing else going on. it's that simple and that makes a lot of sense and that's what traders have been saying and we're waiting for an official reason. >> mr. trichet is on his way back from sydney as we speak a day early and a lot of people are putting their hopes on him coming forward with some kind of plan. >> it's actually moved the markets. remember in '92 with the treat they created the whole euro,
CNBC
Feb 19, 2010 6:00am EST
, you weren't paying attention. my lead of the bernanke speech was discount rate to be hiked. my lead on the minutes was -- >> it sounds like -- >> let me finish, melissa, just be clear, my sources are telling me in the wake of this that the concept there's another bit to come is not necessarily true. they may stop here. so the idea that somehow they're just beginning this process of going back to 100 over on the fed funds is not true. it's out there in a lot of stuff. they may stop here. >> rich bernstein -- >> i want to ask both of you. do you think fed funds december 31, 2010 will be higher than they are today? >> well, let me answer that question and put it back to you. the typical forecast, is that the unemployment rate will be 9.5% or higher. also, that the inflation rate over the last year will be 1 to 1.25%. i have to ask you if you think at that point the fed would begin to tighten? you tell me. >> first of all, i think the bond market will -- i don't think the bond market looks at core. i hate to argue with on you this one, but if we find the inflation rate starts breaking 3
CNBC
Feb 10, 2010 4:00pm EST
. >>> fed chairman, ben bernanke laying the groundwork on the central bank's exit strategy for the economic rescue efforts. we've got details of what mr. bernanke said today coming up. >>> but first here's a look at how we finished the day on wall street. the dow jones industrial average under water today. down 21 points on the dow at 10038. under a billion shares traded here on the nyse, as people stayed home, instead of embracing the heavy travel and heavy snow. s&p 500 down 2.5%. quarter of a percent lower at 106 and the nasdaq composite gave up three points and technology one of the winners on the session as was financial services. we get all of the action right now from bertha coombs our floor on the nyse. >> reporter: hey, maria, all things considered it's not a very bad day on the close, even though we closed to the downside. the real factors that kept people hessittant today, the snow of course. that kept volumes lower, but also the uncertainty about where we're headed with greece. this morning, as you take a look at the intraday of the s&p, as we saw the headlines go back
CNBC
Feb 26, 2010 6:00am EST
you tell us what you think after hearing a couple days of bernanke's testimony on the hill. does it change your outlook on what the fed is doing? >> no, as long as they use the magic words, extended period, we know the fed will be on hold for at least six months. that's what bill dudley told us. he said extended period was the language the fed has put in the policy statement, means at least six months. it was a phrase repeated by st. louis fed president bullard recently. so whenever bernanke puts his word in on it as well, we can feel assured that the fed is not likely to move for at least six months. the fed needs to be very clear at this day and age. so if they're telling us that that's what extended period means, that's what it means. and so, until there's some other clarifying comments, that's what we have to go on. >> we had somebody who told us yesterday that maybe they could move 25, 50 basis points. it's not the extended period but they're focusing on the incredibly low rates. either one of you guys quily think that's the case? >> the focus is on the extraordinary program an
CNBC
Feb 10, 2010 5:00pm EST
confused. bernanke implying he's raising rates, we don't know when he's going to do that. all we do know is that in the meantime, this market is churning as investors take sides. pete, give us some clarity to this confusion, what were you trading today? >> it's not so much what was out there to trade, but because we're still stuck in this range. we talked about 1060 being an area where you had a little support. maybe 1080 on the up side, and that's where you state. you look at the volatility index. never signalled any panic. when you look at the volumes, bob, i think that speaks more than anything. the lack of volume, you're talking about the xlf, the quad-q's, the spiders, all $100,000 short of normal volumes. you look at apple trading less than half of its normal volume, it just wasn't there today, the volume wasn't there, don't read too much into today's action. >> i think what's important, we talked about last night on the show, stay away from the dollar trade. stay away from anything that is too tied to the currency world, have you no clue what's coming out of greece tomorrow,
CNBC
Feb 12, 2010 7:00pm EST
. government spending has done next to nothing. bernanke still has no real strategy. we're going to get to all of that with our market panel. who joins us now to talk about these many events of the week. we have peter morici of university of maryland. dan fitzpatrick and john carney returns. you know, dr. frolick, i want to begin with you. not greece, not the euro, not the snows, nothing really week.d stocks from going up the market has peaked in mid january and hasn't moved much in many months. but the fact remains, things may not be so bad. weigh in. >> i think it comes down to earnings, larry. we got some great efshgs. across the board, time warner, ann taylor, a look at comcast, even moodie and sony, it wasn't just earnings, larry, it was top-level revenue growth. the big picture, when you look at china, understand even with them slowing down, when they slowed down the first time, china banks still let $2 billion this january. third highest on record. as investors you have to realize this is money already in pipeline. when you think of china mustard seeds, larry, they're about t
CNBC
Feb 24, 2010 6:00am EST
line. >>> ben bernanke, coming to capitol hill. the central bank chief is ready for tough questions from lawmakers about the economy, interest rates and the fed's exit strategy. and president obama reaching out to business leaders, hosting a white house dinner for some high profile ceos. today, he addresses a business round table. those stories and more as "squawk box" begins right now. >>> good morning, everybody. welcome to "squawk box." i'm becky quick along with joe kernen and carl quintanilla. we've been watching the markets this morning. after a down day yesterday, you'll see we're not getting any bounceback just yet. after yesterday's markets, obviously, you've got a lot of watchers waiting to figure out what happens. >> yeah. that consumer confidence number was troubling. >> it was. >> people now thil thinking maybe the sample was bad because i was worse than a lot of people expected at this stage of the game. we've got jobless claims high. we'll talk a lot about that this morning. but toyota's troubles are in the spotlight again today as the company's ceo appears on capitol
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Feb 10, 2010 3:00pm EST
next week. bernanke's testimony was released this morning. on outlining an exit plan, the market pretty much took a slide. a lot of things that told about -- heard about. the 10-year auction did not go too well. rick santelli will have more on that, partly because of the low volume, because of the storm. as the storm's intensified here in the northeast i know that traders are concerned about getting home and we've seen volumes get lower. financials have been the standout all day and really moved us into positive territory midday. jpmorgan, bank of america very strong. and strong that perhaps metlife set to buy its alcoa unit. energy and materials have gone back and forth as the dollar has gone back and forth. dollar lost ground midday. we saw them gained and now they're losing again as the dollar is stronger got and also got disappointing outlooks from lothan mentel. the super markets, maybe one of the benefactors to watch as far as the storms. their stocks today are doing pretty well. a friend of mine sent me picture it is from washington area super market chains there, calling
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Feb 3, 2010 2:00pm EST
breaking news. i appreciate your taking the time. michael gregg with us there. ben bernanke. >> steve? >> after one of the most controversial fights over a fed chairman in history, ben bernanke was sworn in this afternoon for a second term at 2:00 p.m. done kohn the vice chairman swore him in with hundreds of fed staffers in attendance. he thanked president obama for the confidence shown in renominating him. these are remarks he made to the federal reserve staff. the crisis he said has shown the fed at its finest. he said they face enormous challenges, the resumption of growth that he saw is encouraging but far too many remain unemployed. he talked about foreclosures at record rates and banks continuing to contract credit they provide to the economy. the crisis revealed weaknesses and gasp in regulations at the fed as well as agencies. he said the fed has made progress in improve be oversight. the fed must work to prek its independence of monetary policy and supervision and will work with congress to increase transparency. i suppose they could start by making the swearing in a public
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Feb 26, 2010 11:00am EST
strength of that market. >> diane, where does this leave fed chief ben bernanke in terms of interest rates and where we're heading? i mean, by most consensus here people would anticipate and he has said that he's going to leave them in a very low rate environment for quite some time. how long is that time going to be? >> you know, i've had the fed not raising rates until december for my entire forecast and i'm starting to re-think they might not raise it until 2011. this is a very weak economy. so the weather exacerbates weakness, no question about it. we may recoup some of those gains and we may recoup some of them in march, but at the end of day when you've got people losing income when they're living paycheck to paycheck already, that's just an economy that's not as resilient. it just underscores the fragility of the economy that ben bernanke himself said yes, the weather is noisy and we have to go through it and at the end of day this economy is not looking that great in the first quarter. >> speaking of that, let's attack today's data. milton, real gdp was revised upwards to 5.9% for
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Feb 25, 2010 4:00pm EST
. >>> meanwhile, federal reserve chairman ben bernanke on the hill today as well, responding to a news article that goldman sachs and other major investment banks were shorting the very greek debt that they were helping the country issue. senior economics reporter steve liesman now with that story. >> reporter: maria, thanks. fed chairman ben bernanke said that the fed is examining the actions of goldman sachs and other banks surrounding two issues. first, whether the bank helped sell debt that essentially allowed greece to disguise the true amount of its debt, and second, whether it was appropriate for them to be essentially shorting that debt through the derivatives known as credit default swaps. >> we are looking into a number of questions relating to goldman sachs and other companies and in their derivative's arrangements with greece, and on this issue as well. as you know credit default swaps are properly used as hedging instruments -- >> i agree. >> we, the s.e.c., of course, has been interested in this issue. obviously, using these instruments in a way that intentionally de
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Feb 14, 2010 7:00pm EST
about an exit strategy to tighten credit once the economy picks up. chairman ben bernanke outlined what the fed could do but not when it would do it. the move would include raising the discount rate was what the fed charges for loans it makes directly to banks. it could also boost the interest rates it charges on excess reserves. money that they keep at the fed. that would give banks more incentive to keep money there and less incentive to lend which, of course, would in turn, increase consumer rates and slow down lending and the economy. earning season is slowing down but two consumer giants reported this week. consumer giant disney beat analysts' expectations while coca-cola met analyst's predictions. even though the debt crisis in europe may sound obscure, it's important to america and the markets in the u.s. to explain why and what could happen next, the ceo and co-cio of pimco, the world's largest bond fund. muhammad, always wonderful to have you on the program. thank you for joining us. >> thank you, maria. >> let's talk about these concerns about the debt in greece which, of cour
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Feb 10, 2010 9:00am EST
has not agreed to anything yet. >> and ben bernanke will be releasing his ideas on how the fed is going to pull back from its current role of propping up the economy in every way, shape, and form. we're going to have that live at 10:00. i know his comments are coming out, mark. i'm not sure if he's actually going to physically be there because you know in washington it's a little snow. what are they going to do? >> i think they now have a total of 50, five zero, inches on the ground. >> yeah, yeah. >> we also have big snow issues in new york, baltimore, philadelphia, airports closed, schools closed. it's a real mess. this is a live picture. >> wow. >> well, it was a live picture of reagan national airport. it is empty. >> that's amazing. it really is. mark, you know i remember when there was a forecast of snow things would be shut down and called off and to your point pretty incredible what has been going on there. snowmageddon. that's an amazing picture, live. no one at the airport. >>> the futures right now are plus 0.70 on the s&ps. we needed 1.42 to get to fair value. so it's
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Feb 8, 2010 4:00am EST
strategy be affected by a blueprint coming out from bernanke this week on a plan for credit tightening? >> now, you know, this is the usual thing, nicole, bernanke will come out and he'll have to be careful what he says. he has been saying we'll have an exit policy but not yet. exit policy means look at my finger. higher interest rates. it's like saying the market correctors. was it wrong before? the exit policy is when we're going to see higher interest rates in the united states and of course the markets right now don't want to hear about that. bernanke is saying when the time is appropriate will include interest rates because the markets will want to know when is the appropriate time. can you spell out what's going to happen? the problem is guess what? we're having low unemployment so what if we have low unemployment the month after that? will that be the appropriate signal? >> there we go. andrew freris to stay with us. we'll get you some headlines making news right now. meanwhile, around the world, in the united states, the head of the world's largest bond fund says 2010 will be a
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Feb 25, 2010 12:30pm EST
chairman ben bernanke that the fed will examine the bank's activities have many wondering that the bank's rep taked is costing investors money. how much money? brad hint is former cfo of lehman brothers. great to have you with us. >> thanks for having me. >> you first talked about this in the potential liability in the note a week or so ago. i'm wondering does that change? because you said then that the legal liability may be limited and now that it's a regulatory liability, does that change your outlook? >> well, it does. you know, the -- you can't, greece didn't do anything wrong. if you look at goldman and they didn't have a compliance problem and didn't do anything illegal, but we're holding banks to higher levels now. we're saying did they act responsible responsibly? was the-- that's where it begino affect relation with regulators and client relationships and there's 6% of goldman's revenue and it's discretionary. i don't have to use goldman for a debt underwriting and derivative for an equity trade. i will almost certainly bring goldman in to look for an equity underwriting
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Feb 26, 2010 4:00pm EST
issue for the country. >> okay let's talk about what went on this week, glenn, as ben bernanke addressed congressional commit these week. there's been so much attention focused on the fed and how they will unwind all of the monetary support that they've put into place to support the economy. last week the fed increasing that discount rate. what are your thoughts on the move so far? how much longer can the fed keep the rates as low as they are and still manage an exit strategy. >> i think that chairman bernanke said it well when he said that the fed would need to keep rates lo, certainly for most of this year. i think the balance sheet adjustments would happen before any formal changes in the federal funds rate. the real questions on an exit strategy aren't economic and technical. they're political. because the fed would have to unwind portfolios, things like mortgage-backed securities, long-term treasuries. that requires political courage, but i have every faith in the federal reserve that it can do this. >> let me ask you in terms of the administration in terms of the stimulus
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Feb 18, 2010 1:00pm EST
feeding ostriches, ben bernanke's green chutes. while arc gres everyboggressive green chutes. welcome to our program. i'm erin burnett. here is the conundrum. stocks seem happy lately. a few days of rallies. we've got new, unproven companies pulling deals, not able to raise money to grow and hire. big companies who can raise money aren't seeming to spend it on grow and hiring. china is a little bit angry at america. you're looking at a picture now
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Feb 5, 2010 3:00pm EST
crossed a rubicon. he had a chance to get rid of ben bernanke and replace him with someone like john taylor. he had a chance to get rid of tim geithner. he didn't do that. >> okay, peter, it sounds like a series of things in your view. i have got leave it there. we have breaking news over at the breaking news desk. steve? >> thanks very much. we have talked to senator she y shelby's office. his office is telling us the senator shelby still believes that regulatory reform bill is still possible this year. they reveal there has been an area of agreement that we didn't know about that they agreed on the idea of a consolidated regulator. where the disagreement is over the issue of consumer protection. dodd wants consumer protection part of the agency to write its own rules. shelby said consumer protection rules must coordinate with safety and soundness. no agreement on resolution authority and other areas. dodd says there is an impasse that doesn't mean that regulatory reform is dead. shelby's office believes it is possible. >> tax issues, health care, still very mup on the agenda. >> th
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Feb 18, 2010 2:00pm EST
about the mortgage modification programs not ben bernanke, mortgage mod? >> yeah flshg some ways they have, erin. interest rates will always be a tool that the feds have. and the gses, clearly will always have a role. we've been debating for 20 years what that role will be. making homes affordable has been a big problem. that program has three parts, modification, the refinancing, and the foreclosure alternatives, which is short sales and deeds. and the report card for the modifications came out in december and it was a big fat failure. they really with 3 million to 4 million the original goal we ended up helping with permanent modifications less than 100,000 because you simply cannot make an unaffordable home be affordable. there's no magic scenario to modify a loan to make that happen. do housing prices need to go down further? as i say that, i should emphasize something, that everybody knows but it's worth saying again, which is that houses for most americans are their single biggest asset and always will be, mary? >> yeah, i think you're going to have a problem here, if housing pr
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Feb 9, 2010 4:00am EST
remain bullish, believe me, i'm chaled. >> and what are you expecting to hear from bernanke on capitol hill tomorrow? you say restraint is needed. why and when? >> well, you know, the reason i think that restraint is needed is because i think that he may be getting a little bit behind the curve. the reason i say that is a lot of the so-called leading indicators of inflation, my work, suggested inflation in 2010 is going to be higher than the consensus expectation. so the consensus expects inflation to be around 2%. i think it could be over 3% in 2010. and i think bernanke needs to start move towards restraint, in other words, start to move towards some of the excess liquidity driving this inflation. so i think sooner as opposed to later. i actually think that if he starts to move towards restraint wibt might lead to an increase in bank lending, which is sorely acting. but nevertheless, i think he needs to move towards restraint sooner than the consensus believes, not later. >> that's what i wanted to ask you about. we're getting comments in from the fed's bill dudley who says small ban
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Feb 19, 2010 9:00am EST
bernanke was very clear about that. we have to take them at their word. banks are still nursing a lot of wounds. >> they can say that all they want but the truth is rates are going to go up. for most americans that is the most important rate. >> well, so, they're not expecting a big increase in mortgage rates actually. when they stop buying mortgages in march. and to the extent that mortgage rates do go up, you know, think if anything it gives them less of an inclination to raise the fed fund rate further down the road. if you ask me, the odds of a feds fund rate increase later this year have actually gotten down in the last 24 hours and gone up because the number was soft. the soft cpi number means the dove have a strengther hand. they're saying we've got to keep rates low for a long time. the feds said this technical discount rate did not change the broader view of where the financial system and the economy are. >> can you explain why, then, they did this in an emergency way? they have this meeting where they make this decision. why suddenly come out in between meetings and do this.
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Feb 2, 2010 7:00pm EST
, inflation and ben bernanke, will the fed reduce the balance sheet and get rates to more normal levels in my lifetime? >> hopefully you will live a long time, larry, so yes. unfortunately i have never seen the fed or bernanke articulate how to downsize the balance sheet. i haven't seen a plan out there to say, this is how we can do it. they are owns and backing these mosh mortgage-backed securities now and they will weigh reducing the balance sheet with propping up the housing market. we may see another republican revolution and a cut-back on the huge obama taxes on hedge funds, bank pay, small businesses and letting the bush tax cuts expire, i am not confident that bernanke has a plan to deleverage and 2.7% year-over-year growth in the cpi isn't scary, but it's not comforting either. >> you have cut back on your equity allocation, is that right, mike? >> yes, i am. i'm pretty much now at about 20%. jim points out the strong growth in corporate profits. a lot of it is from cutting overhead, cutting employees, but some junk bonds are attractive now for the companies that will have the c
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Feb 24, 2010 4:00pm EST
from the toyota hearing that we've been watching here on cnbc. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke also telling congress today that interest rates are likely to remain low for an extended period of time to support the economic recovery. that's what really set the tone for stocks today and saw a rally in the market by 91 reports. cnbc's reporter steve liesman has more. >> reporter: fed chairman ben bernanke said those magical words that markets wanted to hear today, that the fed would stay exceptionally low for an extended period. he said that before but market his their doubts after fed hiked discount rate last week and the treasury, then, revived a program that helps the fed train liquidity. that is ultimate lie a program that could make financial conditions tougher. bernanke attempted to be crystal-clear on fed policy. >> the fomc continues to anticipate that economic condition conditions including low rates or resource utilization subdued in inflation trends and stabile expectations are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels of the federal funds rate for an extended period.
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Feb 17, 2010 6:00am EST
regulators. >> interesting. people still point to may of '07 when bernanke says subprime is 9% of mortgages, right? they're not infallible. and we can't expect them to be, i guess, is the answer, right? >> none of us is infallible. if you didn't learn that, you missed something over the course of the past three years. >> dan's with us for the rest of the program. we've got a lot more to talk about. >>> meantime, any questions or comments this morning, we'd love to hear from you. our address is squawk@cnbc.com. >>> when we come back, european exposure, debt crisis overseas, how some u.s. companies might be impacted. >>> still to come, olympic skiers headed to the starting gate at whistler while bankers in new york await a possible auction. we'll get an update from daniel nu mudd, the ceo of fortress, just ahead. >>> time now for today's "aflac trivia question." what baseball player nicknamed the georgia peach amassed 4,189 hits in his career? this is not more benefits at greater cost to your company insurance. this is not how does it fit in my company's budget insurance. this is help protect
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Feb 5, 2010 2:00pm EST
bernanke? >> who is this guy? >> he looks like a crook? >> why? >> he just got that look about him like he out to take everything you own. >> who is this man? >> dr. phil? >> i think it's roger. >> you know what the fed does? >> lock you up. >> chip, i'm on a game show for like $100,000. what country is dubai in? >> i know it's an expensive area. >> over there. >> across the way. >> say it slowly. united arab emerit. >> how much is a thousand dollars worth of gold worth? >> probably worth a thousand dollars, right? >> the gold is up right now. >> what is our current unemployment rate in this country right now? what%? >> 50. >> 38. 38. >> lower. >> 28? >> lower. >> 18. >> lower. 8. >> higher. >> 11. >> lower. >> 10. what everybody crying about? >> thank you. we'll be back. i keep track of my entire business on this spreadsheet... and all of these. paid invoices go right here. bang! - that hasn't been paid yet. - what? - huh-uh. - all my business information is just a phone call away-- to my wife... who's not answering. announcer: there's a better way to run your business. intuit quickboo
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Feb 18, 2010 3:00pm EST
that we encountered right back in january, when we the concern about bernanke, when we first had the concerns about greece, still the market continues to rally, which is very interesting. and today there are about three or four of the dow jones comp componen components, those big market components that are actual flee negative territory. they've all drafted higher albeit on relative light volume. maybe it doesn't have much conviction but fact is now just sitting just 3% below where we closed a month and a day ago on january the 19th. "closing bell" continues with maria bartiromo. [ closing bell ringing ] >>> and it is 4:00 on wall street. do you know where your money is? hi, everybody. welcome back to the "closing bell." i'm maria bartiromo on the floor of the new york stock exchange. here's what we're following at close tonight. stocks gaining against today, another rally under way following stronger than expected manufacturing data in the mid-atlantic region. the rally helping to send oil meanwhile to its highest level in a month. finishing tonight at $79.06 a barrel. we're moments
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Feb 25, 2010 2:00pm EST
are telling us. >> steve liesman, we've had two days of ben bernanke's testimony. sorry? okay. steve is gone. lou, i'll put this question to you. yesterday steve had talked about the fed chief didn't appear to be optimistic about the economy and he continued to say rates aren't going anywhere. do you think, then, when paul's talking about retail stocks being at a one-year high and hearing positive signs on the consumer that means those names are in for a fall as opposed to where the broader mark would go, which would be up. >> as far as consumer names? >> back to consumer. i just think it's -- the consumer's in a difficult situation and i think that the stocks that have benefitted from their cost cutting and not from the consumer. just to reflect back on 1983 sentiment here, back then the beginning of the reagan revolution and deregulation of stocks, the begin ofrning of th credit expansion. the dow broke above 1,000 for the first time significantly since 195. a 16-year resistance that it broke through. there's a lot of differences between now and 1983. also, there was a much more vo
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